RE: Arizona State University ICARE Project
WHEREAS, the Arizona State University's Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUBC) is developing a series of assistive technologies for blind students, titled Information Technology Centric Assistive Rehabilitative Environments (ICARE); and
WHEREAS, one of these projects is to develop a specialized pair of eyeglasses which will both read printed material and recognize faces; and
WHEREAS, blind people have little need for a device that recognizes faces, as there are effective nonvisual techniques which the blind use to locate people; and
WHEREAS, a portable reader has already been developed by Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) which will be available on the market long before this device: NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED, by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in convention assembled this eleventh day of September, 2005, in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, that this organization inform the ASU CUBC of the irrelevance and lack of need for a technology that would recognize faces for the blind; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this organization inform the CUBC of the progress of the Kurzweil-NFB handheld reader.